Columbus (15-16-4) at Los Angeles (15-15-6), 10:30 p.m. EST
LOS ANGELES (Ticker) — Chris Mason has been surprising stellar
for the Columbus Blue Jackets, but fellow rookie Jonathan Quick
is accumulating similar accolades with his recent success.
The two young netminders square off for the second time in six
days when the Blue Jackets visit the Kings on Monday.
A third-round selection by Columbus in 2006, Mason is 10-7-1
with an NHL-best 1.87 goals-against-average. He is coming off
his third shutout in 18 games, making 20 saves in a 3-0 win over
the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
But the 20-year-old was given no support against Los Angeles on
Tuesday, when the Blue Jackets fizzled in a 3-0 setback, their
third straight loss.
Instead, it was Quick that shined for the Kings, making 24 saves
for his first career shutout after entering the game with an
0-1-0 record and a 4.68 GAA.
After a 2-1 loss to Phoenix on Friday, Quick was impenetrable
once again in Los Angeles’ 4-0 victory over the Coyotes in the
second game of a home-and-home set the following night.
The 22-year-old turned aside 26 shots for his second blanking in
three contests, and will likely get another start in this one.
Quick is 2-2-0 with a 1.88 GAA in five games since being called
up from Manchester of the American Hockey League on December 16.